The Who Timeline: Highs, Lows, Fights and Explosions

With a history that spans more than 60 years, The Who has seen and been through it all. Here’s a detailed look at the band’s high and low points, and many of the significant developments and events in between.

Roger Daltrey, a sheet metal worker who builds his own guitars, forms the skiffle group the Detours and recruits an office worker named John Entwistle to play bass. 
May 16, 1970
The Who documents its prowess as a concert act on “Live at Leeds,” its stark cover art resembling a bootleg with equally unvarnished performances within.

Greg Kot is the editorial director of The Coda Collection. He is also the cohost of the nationally syndicated public-radio show and podcast “Sound Opinions” with Jim DeRogatis, and previously the music critic at the Chicago Tribune for 30 years. His books include acclaimed biographies of Mavis Staples (“I’ll Take You There”) and Wilco (“Learning How to Die”) and a history of the digital music revolution (“Ripped”). He also coauthored “The Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones: Sound Opinions on the Great Rock ‘N’ Roll Rivalry” and has written extensively for Rolling Stone, BBC Culture and Encyclopedia Britannica. When he takes off the headphones, Kot coaches in his Chicago-based youth travel basketball program ( In addition, he has coauthored two best-selling editions of the book “Survival Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball.”

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